While many have urged Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, to soft-pedal his recent attack on the African National Congress (ANC), others cheered him on, dubbing him SA’s fearless lion.
To some other people, Malema’s reasons for launching his incessant attacks are still unclear. However, on several occasions, the defiant and wide-mouthed leader has shown that his problem is not what people are saying about him but to bravely push President Jacob Zuma out of power.
But, this time, Malema’s recent speech has brought the ruling party knocking on his door. Yesterday, Malema made a heavy remark on Al Jezeera and I tell you, his statement didn’t go down well the ANC.
According to the obstinate leader, EFF will go any length to see that Zuma waves power goodbye, including “through the barrel of a gun!”. He added that his party has been a peaceful organisation but that they are not scared to fight if the ANC responded violently to its peaceful protests.
The 28-minute interview was shown on Al Jazeera English last night (Sunday‚ 24 April 2016).
ANC Attacks Malema
Responding to Malema’s statement on Monday, the ANC asserted that Malema’s comments were in violation of the Electoral Code and the Charter on Elections signed by political parties including the EFF last week and must be taken extremely seriously as they incite violence.
Kodwa said, “These reckless utterances display a shocking lack of judgement on the part of the EFF…The remarks made by Mr Malema are a clear incitement to people to commit acts of violence. The ANC calls on state authorities to urgently investigate this matter and act against such conduct.”
Malema unveiled the damning threat after he was asked by interviewer Jonah Hull about his readiness to unleash “war” against Zuma. Hull notably reminded him of his 2014 threat to make the entire Gauteng province ungovernable.
Malema answered, “We [EFF] are a very peaceful organisation. We fight our battles through peaceful means‚ through the courts‚ through parliament‚ through mass moblisation. We do that peacefully. But at times‚ government gets tempted to respond to such with violence. They beat us up in parliament and they send soldiers to places like Alexandra where people are protesting. We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun.
This regime must respond peacefully to our demands‚ must respond constitutionally to our demands. And if they are going to respond violently — like they did in the township of Alexandra‚ just outside Johannesburg‚ when people said these results do not reflect the outcome of our votes‚ they sent the army to go and intimidate our people — we are not going to stand back. Zuma is not going to use the army to intimidate us. We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight. We will fight, ” Malema thundered.
He however made it clear that EFF is not fighting Zuma or the ANC but are waging a war against white monopoly capital. But he alleged that Zuma and the ANC have been standing in their way to crushing white monopoly capital‚ which controls the wealth of the country.
“As we are in the process of crushing the white monopoly capital‚ there will be some of those irritations that we have to deal with. Zuma represents such an irritation; the ANC represents such an irritation,” Juju asserted.